Based on the comments I get about Red Sox articles around here, there are a lot of you who believe that Larry Lucchino is part of, if not the source of, the chronic dysfunction in Boston. If you’re in that camp, bad news my friends:
Red Sox owner John Henry said Thursday that team president and CEO Larry Lucchino will be back with the team in 2013 and that he has signed a contract extension … Earlier Thursday, also on WEEI, Lucchino hinted he’d be around a while.
“I love it here. I love Boston,” he said. “This is the place I call home. I hope to be here for the foreseeable future.”
Not surprising. And probably not the biggest deal on he planet. It’s not like there wasn’t dysfunction in Boston before Lucchino got there. And it’s not like there hasn’t been great success while he was there as well. If the Sox win, you never read his name in the paper and never hear it on the radio. If they lose, you do.
The Yankees have played “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch since 9/11. The version they play is the most famous version, recorded in 1939 by Kate Smith. As of today they will no longer be playing the Kate Smith version, however.
Why? The New York Daily News reports that it’s because “the Yankees were made aware of Smith’s history of potential racism.” Which is a rather interesting way of putting it, because there’s not much “potential” to this:
Smith was a famous singer before and during WWII who recorded the offensive jingle, “Pickaninny Heaven,” which she directed at “colored children” who should fantasize about an amazing place with “great big watermelons,” among other treats. She shot a video for that song that takes place in an orphanage for black children, and much of the imagery is startlingly racist. She also recorded, “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” which included the lyrics, “Someone had to pick the cotton. … That’s why darkies were born.”
I’m guessing this information was available in some Kate Smith biography or is in the memory of some of her big fans who may still be alive, but it was news to the Yankees until recently and once they learned it they decided that going with a version of the song NOT sung by Kate Smith was better. Good call!
I’m sure someone will complain about this, but I feel like there are better hills to die on than “the Yankees should continue to play the racist lady’s version of the show tune that, despite what we think of it now, was never meant as an actual patriotic anthem.”
If you feel like dying on that hill, be my guest. But please, show your work.